Lauren joined the YouthRoots crew in 2013. Her background is in experiential education and she holds an MA in Human Rights from the University of Denver. Her favorite activity is doing anything outside with her husband and toddler. She loves working with inspiring youth who make the world a better place.
Lacey’s long-standing passion with youth philanthropy began in high school in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a BA in Neuroscience and went on to earn her teaching certificate. In 2010, Lacey decided it was time to follow her true passion, inspiring youth to act on their big ideas. Lacey enjoys spending time with her three daughters and husband. She also enjoys sailing, skiing, and hiking.
Erin joined the YouthRoots team in October 2018 after moving to Colorado from Chicago. She has a Masters of Nonprofit Management from DePaul University and over 8 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. During her free time, Erin enjoys reading, baking, and hiking with her husband and two fur-babies.
Program & Admin Coordinator
Originally from Michigan, Alyssa’s love of the mountains brought her to Denver to pursue her Master of Social Work at DU. She completed her practicum with YouthRoots and transitioned to full-time in August 2019. She brings experience and a passion for youth empowerment to YouthRoots. Outside of the office, Alyssa loves hiking, traveling, and exploring Denver.
Alyssa Chavez is a part-time administrative assistant for YouthRoots while earning her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Relations at the University of Colorado Denver. A YouthRoots alum, Alyssa has always had a passion for youth empowerment. At home, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her dog. Alyssa also has a love for traveling, reading, and movies.
Alexandria's journey in the classroom started five years ago after graduating from Brooklyn College with a degree in Childhood Education and Psychology. She continued her education at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and earned her MA in teaching with a concentration on urban education. Her passion for urban education drives the work she does in the classroom, writing curriculum, and mentoring preservice teachers.
Facilitator - Central Denver YouthBoard & Curriculum Specialist
Susie is passionate about empowering youth leaders and has a background in nonprofit program development and workshop facilitation. She has more hobbies than she can keep track of and loves spending free time with her partner, friends, family, and dog.
Facilitator - Aurora RAISE YouthBoard
Lena has an MA in Clinical Mental Health from Naropa University with an extensive background in nonprofit management. Her drive and passions lie in the realm of interfaith relations and youth collaboration. She puts a particular emphasis on young peoples' discovery of personal values, leadership, and multicultural diversity.
Facilitator - North Denver YouthBoard
Aaron earned his Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver while completing his practicum with YouthRoots in 2014. He is now a Program Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and serves as the North YouthBoard Facilitator.
Facilitator - South Denver YouthBoard
Jeremy’s professional background is in non-profit social enterprise and youth leadership development. He moved to Colorado from San Diego to enjoy outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains. He currently serves as the facilitator of the South Denver YouthBoard.
Facilitator - Northwest Denver RAISE YouthBoard
Ashley is the Student Events Coordinator in the Office of Student Life at the Community College of Denver. She creates opportunities for engagement through diverse and inclusive events. Ashley’s passion is to work with young people to create community and belonging.
Facilitator - Summit County Youth Connect
Laura is currently a full-time student at Colorado State University pursuing her MPH and MSW. She has a background working as a facilitator with Outward Bound, NOLS, and the Pennsylvania State University. When she is not studying, you can find her teaching skiing, backpacking, climbing, or mountain biking.
Facilitator - Douglas County YouthBoard
Kaleena has worked in nonprofits for several years, mostly in youth-organizations. She has a passion for civic engagement and currently works for New Era, registering high school students to vote. She grew up in Colorado and loves making a difference close to home.
Facilitator - Boulder 15 Forever YouthBoard
Tierney is the 15 Forever Facilitator and teaches middle school in Brighton, CO. She has a Master’s in Agriculture Education and has spent her career empowering people to discover opportunities to become more innovative, informed, and interesting.
Facilitator - Sioux Falls Youth Advisory Council
Ann is the facilitator for the Youth Advisory Council of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation which uses the YouthRoots program to empower youth to make a difference! She was in YAC with our founder when the idea of YouthRoots was planted.
In-School Facilitator (Teacher at PREP Academy)
In addition to teaching at PREP Academy, Mack coaches football and basketball in the Denver area. Mack’s philosophy is to be a servant-leader of his players and students, influenced by his grandmother who taught and showed him what it means to do the right thing.
Karen Yi is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles and participated on the Douglas County Youth Board during high school. She started web design as a college freshman as a way to combine her interests in art and computer science. In the past, she has designed T-shirts, posters, banners, flyers, and murals for various school organizations. She hopes to open her own online store one day.